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April 14, 2011
By John Martin
THREE Navy personnel and
an APS employee from HMAS
Cerberus will figure in an ADF
All Stars mixed-gender netball
team to contest the Australian
titles at Penrith Sports Stadium in
Sydney from April 23 to May 1.
They are LS Stacey Audehm,
AB Nick Miller, SBLT Jude Power
and Ms Jarna East.
Coach Adele-Marie Caesar sees
a chance to catch the other teams
flat-footed because the ADF has
not been able to field a team in the
competition for the past several
"The team is excited and posi-
tive," she said.
"This is an elite competition
which provides some wonderful
"The players will need to har-
ness their energy and work together
to deliver championship-quality net-
ball and bring home the title. We
hope to slip under the radar and sur-
prise a few teams with what we can
do."Participation in the Australian
netball titles comes amid a feast of
netball for the ADF.
Seven Army and four Air Force
women will continue a great sport-
ing rivalry when the Australian
Defence Netball Team (ADNA)
plays three tests against the New
Zealand Defence Force this month.
The games will be played at:
Randwick Barracks in Sydney
on April 18; Latchford Barracks
in Albury on April 21; and
as a curtain-raiser to an ANZ
Championship game between the
Thunderbirds and Magic at ETSA
Park in Adelaide on April 24.
There are no Navy representa-
tives in this team, but the New
Zealand Navy has the Australians
on their toes already.
A New Zealand Navy team
came to Australia in September last
year and played an ADF team in
In a torrid contest, Australia won
by two goals after being down by
10 at three-quarter time.
Few will be surprised if the New
Zealand team is an even tougher
nut to crack this time -- least of all
coach CPL Mike Kiker.
"I expect the three tests will be
extremely tough, close encounters,"
"I'm sure the Kiwis will have a
very strong team and I am sure they
will be going all out to knock us off.
"There is great camaraderie and
friendship between the two nations
so this will give us a chance to show
the Kiwis a bit of Australia. But the
camaraderie and friendship always
end when the teams cross the line
on to the court."
The ADNA women's team is
scheduled to arrive at the Randwick
Barracks gym on April 15, and will
have five two-hour training sessions
before the first test.
The mixed team will go
into a three-day training camp at
Randwick Barracks on April 20
where they can expect long hours of
training drills, practice and sessions
mapping out their strategy.
During the tournament they will
play at least two games a day and
then return to camp for game analy-
sis and team recovery, so it will be
an arduous schedule.
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Search begins for
new squash stars
Union spots up for grabs
DEFENCE hopes to unearth some new
young guns and star female players on
the squash circuit this year.
Defence squash is set to continue its
"ashes" momentum from the UK last
year with a big year at the national level
A team of five men and four women
will take aim at the Arafura Games in
Darwin from May 7-14.
The Arafura Games follows imme-
diately after the NT Top End Open and
marks the first big event for 2011.
Coming hot after the drawn series
against the Brits on their home turf in
2010, the Australian Defence Squash
Racquets Association (ADSRA) is look-
ing to make its mark at the Games.
The annual Defence Squash National
Championships will be held from August
7-12 at RAAF Base Williamtown.
ADSRA spokesman Phil Whiteman
said a big focus of this year was to devel-
op promising young players, particularly
He emphasised that all squash play-
ers, including Defence Australian Public
Service personnel, were eligible to com-
He said the nationals would match
like players and ensure everyone played
plenty of games at the appropriate com-
"The emphasis this year is to encour-
age as many women as possible to com-
pete and to develop new players for the
future of Defence squash," Mr Whiteman
"A series of inter-service squash
matches is also planned at state level and
a number of local squash competitions
are run at local base level."
Mr Whiteman said another initia-
tive being pursued was the creation of a
squash Facebook page for Defence mem-
He said the intent was to invite like-
minded Defence players to socialise and
spread the "squash word" outside work
hours to reduce distractions in the work-
This new approach also envisages an
increase in membership.
RUGBY union players are being urged
to show selectors their best form this
year as competition builds for positions
in the men's and women's Australian
Services Rugby Union (ASRU) teams.
ASRU chairman CDRE Roger Boyce
said the schedule was packed with oppor-
tunities for players to make their mark at
representative levels across all Services.
The International Defence Rugby
Competition will be the highlight of the
men's schedule, while national cham-
pionships and a potential tour to North
America are among the major women's
"We want the best players available
across the ADF to put their hands up and
vie for selection," CDRE Boyce said.
"To support this endeavour, it's impor-
tant we get key information circulated
as early as possible so players and their
commanders can plan the year ahead,
particularly considering the ADF's cur-
rent operational tempo."
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